In the festive season of Winterfair on the planet Barrayar, Lord Miles Vorkosigan is making elaborate preparations for his wedding. The long-awaited event stirs up romance and intrigue among his eccentric family and friends, particularly for bioengineered space mercenary Sergeant Taura and shy, diffident Armsman Roic. But Miles also has an enemy who is plotting to turn the romantic ceremony into a festival of death.
Winterfair Gifts offers another of Bujold's witty, character-centered science-fiction plots with a twist of romance.
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©2004 Lois McMaster Bujold; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Miles is one of the most enjoyable characters in science fiction." (School Library Journal)
Historical & SciFi Book Lover, especially Georgette Heyer, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis (& New Who). Also books for the kids.
A Miles story where Miles is almost an incidental character. Taura finally gets another story story (after her introduction in Boarders of Infinity) and we see how her character has grown and aged.
If you are new to the Vorkosigan Series do not start here. This is a light and insubstantial treat which fills in an important peice of Miles' story. Both amusing and moving. Enjoy.
avid audible fan for many years now
I had read the whole series of Miles Vorkosigan Novels, but not this one. I felt it maybe too short to tell a decent story. I was wrong. It worked very well as it filled in some gaps in the whole adventure.
Lois is a such a fantastic writer, filling each story, each chapter with so much detail. All this detail has relevance thats what amazes me.
The sad part is I have read the whole series now and I want more.
And I take my hat off the Grover Gardner also , the narrator , he helps make the characters very real.
The Older Geek Guy
Fills a gap in the Vorkosigan Saga but is way to short. A compilation of the shorter stories would be appreciated. But "Gifts" kept me engaged for every minute!
In the old days, Lois McMaster Bujold was an edgy author, whose characters endured sexual abuse, mind control, torture, slavery, mutilation...you name it. Her best stories - which are among THE best stories ever told - are about how people recover from the wounds dealt to them by life.
However, the last few Miles Vorkosigan books have been short on wounds and long on recovery. Having punished her characters enough, Bujold has decided to give even minor characters a free pass to the happy healing land of Prince Charming fantasy fairytale fluff, where every man is strong, capable, sensitive, dutiful, and a little shy, and every woman is smart, confident, independent, awkward about her femininity, but unabashed about her sexuality.
That said, I LIKE Bujold's decent, kind world. I wish I could go live there. It helped with the believability when she made its inhabitants pay the cost of having their chests riddled with killer needles, but even in its current lighthearted comedy-of-manners incarnation I'll take Bujold's world over the real one any day of the week.
I love weddings and it's about time for Miles and Ekaterine to start their new lives together. But just like all the old friends coming to share it with them some old enemies come out of the woodwork to haunt both of them. But the Vorkosigan's have always had 2 things: A#1 Staff and Loyal Dedicated Friends. But will it be enough in time to save Ekaterine? And the future of the Vorkosigan Line?
Lois MacMaster Bujold is certainly in my top 5 for favorite authors. (Possibly top 3) I can't get enough of Miles Vorkosigan. Even when its not directly about Miles, its enough to give me my Vorkosigan Fix. More More More, we want More!
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